We all want to take home great pictures from our Disney vacations, expert and amateur photographers alike. By following these 5 basic tips, you’ll be well on your way to capturing beautiful memories.
1) Photographing Dark Rides
One of the biggest challenges for photographers are the enclosed dark rides. Disney forbids flash photography on dark rides. If your camera is an slr, use the fastest lens you have in your bag. I use a Sigma 30mm f1.4 or a Nikon 50mm f1.2 for dark rides with good results.
Point and shoot cameras may not be able to take great pictures on dark rides but many have a video mode that would give better results than a still picture. Don’t forget to take pictures of the queue area, the signs and even the gift shop that is often at the end of the ride.
2) Get Up Close and Personal Occasionally
Disney Imagineers are famous for their attention to details. Details such as facades, flowers, windows, Hidden Mickeys are all wonderful details to capture. If you’re taking pictures of Disney Characters at a Meet & Greet with your family, get in close to capture expressions and details. If you’re taking pictures of the castle with your group in front of it, try to zoom in for at least one of the shots to eliminate distractions in the background and focus on the peoples faces.
3) Photos with the Characters
Disney parks are filled with Character Meet & Greet areas and Character Dining Experiences. PhotoPass photographers are always on hand to take your picture. Hand over your camera to the PhotoPass photographer, they’ll be happy to take a few snaps for you, at not charge.
4) Fireworks Photos
Disney’s nightly fireworks shows are amazing; you’ll not want to miss shooting them! Choose your shooting location well before the start of the show. Bring a tripod. It can be stored in the parks locker until you’re ready for it. Without a tripod you’ll need to steady yourself against a wall, bench, garbage can or even a tree. If your camera has an automated fireworks setting, use it. If you have a manually adjustable camera, use a tripod, shutter release and slow your shutter speed down to capture the colorful trails. Don’t forget to checking your monitor and adjust as you shoot.
5) Shoot! Shoot! Shoot!
You can never take too many pictures in Disney! Digital Memory cards (sticks) have become inexpensive in recent years, besides your Disney memories are priceless! I suggest limiting the size of each memory card to 2-4 Gigs each. If one becomes corrupted during your trip you won’t risk losing as many pictures as you would with an 8G or 16G card. If one does become corrupted bring it to one of the camera shops in the parks. They should be able to retrieve your pictures for you. Taking lots of pictures of signs, facades, icons will help with your scrapbooking later. Disney parks are made to be photographed, shoot away!
My biggest tip is to have fun with your Disney photography!
Happy Snapping!Till next time!
If you have any questions feel free to contact me via email at focusedonthemagic(at)gmail.com. I’d be happy to help.